HELSINKI – A Swedish think tank said Monday Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the U.S. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held the spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said in its report of the world's 100 biggest armaments groups that the combined arm sales of Russian companies amounted to $37.7 billion in 2017, or 9.5 percent of a total $398.2 billion, recording 8.5 percent year-on-year growth. The annual report includes both domestic and foreign sales. SIPRI senior researcher Siemon Wezeman said Russian weapons and weapon systems producers have been on a significant
(Meredith/ CNN) -- A group of previously homeless veterans put a plan into action by starting an organization to help veterans find sufficient housing. Leo Morris served in the Air Force. Karen Carter patrolled with the Coast Guard. Henry Owens enlisted in the Navy. These veterans all served their country. They've also shared another experience: homelessness. "You feel a sense of desperation, loneliness," said Owens, who was homeless for eight years. "I had no hope." Today, they have another common bond: They are neighbors. Each one lives in a tiny home in the Veterans' Village in Kansas City, Missouri -- run by the Veterans Community Project. The nonprofit is the vision of a group of young veterans
Expand (Jakarta) – Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group's killing of at least 17 people, including a soldier, at a construction area in Nduga in Papua's densely forested Central Highlands on December 2, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The circumstances of the killings remain unclear. Papuan militants should cease unlawful killings, and the Indonesian government should ensure that its security forces act in accordance with international standards and not commit abuses in response to the attack. “A Papua militant group's attack on a worksite raises grave concerns that require a full investigation,” said Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch. “Militants and responding security
BEIJING — China state media say 10 people have been charged with various offenses over rioting at a gathering of military veterans protesting for better benefits. It wasn't clear whether the suspects are veterans. However, the violence at the Oct. 4-7 gathering in the eastern city of Pingdu points to continued tensions between the authorities and ex-servicemen despite the establishment this year of a Cabinet agency to oversee veterans' affairs. Multiple protests have been staged in recent years, including in the capital, Beijing, to demand better pensions and health care. Violence is rare though, and organizers generally try to keep a low public profile to avoid drawing the ire of Communist authorities,
A thoughtful act of remembrance that is spreading across Canada reached Halifax on Sunday. Veterans and cadets marched in pairs, placing 115 wreaths at the gravesites of military members in Halifax's Fairview Lawn Cemetary. With each wreath laid, a small pause, a moment to acknowledge the weight of each life lost. “We're starting out small with the aim of growing and spreading out East and West across the province,” explains Chief Petty Officer Craig MacFadgen. The 'Wreaths Across Canada' ceremony started in 2009 in Ottawa and has grown to locations across the country, including St. John's, Winnipeg, and reached. The ceremony aims to honour veterans and war dead cross the country. “It's good
Before we get totally distracted with the assembly election results on December 11, it is imperative to consider the case of Jeetu the Fauji. A soldier on home leave from active duty in Jammu and Kashmir is spotted in the lynch mob in Bulandshahr. According to the police, video grabs establish that he was not just an innocent by-stander but an active participant in the murderous crowd which went on to take a police inspector's life. For the record, Jeetu denies any involvement in the incident. Is Jeetu the Fauji a metaphor of our tortured republic or is he just an isolated case of an individual, who happens to be a soldier in the Indian Army, succumbing to the poisoned passions and rancid prejudices being doled by politicians?
The troubled $1.5 trillion F-35 program is not ready to begin the critical combat-testing phase, the Pentagon’s testing director said in a previously undisclosed August memo obtained by the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).
PINEHURST, N.C. -- A Fort Bragg Green Beret soldier who fought for our country is now fighting cancer and the government. Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal has stage four lung cancer and it's a diagnosis he says should have been caught earlier but was missed by military doctors. "I went six months without being treated, six months of nothing being done to me a tumor just growing," he told ABC11. Besides battling cancer, the 37-year-old is also battling to change a law that dates to 1950 known as the Feres Doctrine. It's a doctrine that prevents active duty military from suing the government for malpractice. Stayskal says a medical mistake by a military doctor will cost him his life. He says his
•Theatre Command exposed us to attack •Soldiers on war front being owed allowances •B/H attacked us with 15 N/A vehicles •DHQ reaffirms that only 23 soldiers died in Metele attack •Why Army Chief, Buratai, changed 85% of Lafiya Dole field commanders •I'll continue to work for elimination of terrorism in Lake Chad—Buhari •As Jordan King commiserates with Nigeria over soldiers massacre He also said that Boko Haram members, who were earlier arrested by soldiers in the battalion but later released by superior authorities, were among the attackers. But Defence Headquarters in a reaction, dismissed all the allegations raised by the surviving soldier, insisting that only 23 soldiers were killed in Metele
EXCLUSIVE – Two weeks after Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels in the contested Kerch Strait, satellite images obtained exclusively by Fox News on Sunday show that additional forces may be headed to the region. In the images taken on Saturday, three Russian Ilyushin -76 cargo planes were spotted in the Dzhankoi airbase in Crimea. The images, captured by Imagesat International, appear to show that Russia is continuing to step up and consolidate its military forces in the Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. According to social media reports in Russia, Four IL-76 planes departed on December 6 from Anapa airport in Novorossiysk and landed in Dzhankoi. One of those airplanes
Some veterans of a different kind were out helping raise money to support military members in Calgary on Sunday as the past stars from the Flames took part in a friendly match of hockey. The Heroes Hockey Challenge has taken place for the past eight years and the proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales go directly towards the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Foundation and the Military Museum Foundation. Many Flames players participated in the event, including defenceman Robyn Regehr, who played 11 seasons with the club. He says events like these are why he enjoys being a part of the Flames alumni. “The important one here is its involvement with the military. This event isn't just raising
The Israeli military on Sunday said it has opened an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back. The security-camera video, obtained from a local restaurant in the town of Tulkarem, shows Mohammed Habali walking in an alleyway holding a stick when he is shot from behind and falls down on his face. Several other young males are standing nearby or walking away in the same direction — sometimes looking back — apparently to keep their distance from Israeli troops. In a statement Sunday, the military confirmed that it was conducting an "operational activity" in Tulkarem last week when dozens of Palestinians began hurling stones at the soldiers.
Almost all of the more than 3,000 employees of Veterans Affairs have removed their names from a public on-line directory, with the department claiming that front-line staff have to be protected from the veterans they are supposed to serve. The issue surfaced in June when a Veterans Affairs Canada staff member questioned why of the 3,767 department contact names on the federal government electronic directory only 95 were visible to the public, according to Access to Information documents. Veterans Affairs official Ricardo Angel, an information technology advisor with the department, responded that hiding the names and contract information was done on purpose as “we decided to err on the side of
The latest air-to-air missiles in the RAF's armoury have been flown operationally for the first time.